May 25, 2014 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - After 17 months of business lost thanks to the wrath of Hurricane Sandy - including the entire tourist season last year - hopes are high this summer for brothers Ernesto and Giuseppe Cannuscio at their newly refurbished Bay Avenue pizzeria. Just in time for the make-it-or-break-it months, the Cannuscios cut the ribbon in April on the reopening of Mario's Pizzeria & Restaurant, a place that had been a staple near the resort's bay front for almost 30 years. Sandy's severe winds knocked over the chimney on the 100-year-old building at 15th and Bay, which in turn collapsed the roof, while 28 inches of water flooded in. The restaurant was destroyed.
May 25, 2014 |
Scientists led by a Rutgers University geologist say the Jersey Shore is a world-class place to study sea level rise, and they plan to bombard a swath of the seabed off Long Beach Island with sound waves for a month this summer to unlock the secrets of what has happened in the past - and what could happen next. But environmentalists, who might normally support research related to climate change, are aghast at the prospect, saying it might harm whales and other marine mammals, as well as New Jersey's vibrant summer seafood and tourism economy.
May 24, 2014 |
Summer's here - or just about - and Comcast Corp. is looking to make cable-TV viewing easier at the Shore. The cable giant says that its 10 Shore service centers will be open on Sunday and Monday for the first time on this Memorial Day Weekend. Those centers, several of which were enlarged, are located in Absecon, Avalon, Brick, Eatontown, Long Beach Island, Manahawkin, Northfield, Ocean City, Toms River and Wildwood. Hours for most of the stores will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The centers also will be open this Saturday and most Saturdays through the summer, though with varying hours.
May 17, 2014 |
Sun and sand, of course, have always been the primary draw of the Jersey Shore. And certainly the lights and bright neon of the boardwalks and amusements at night will always beckon young and old. But the moonlight and natural phosphorescent glow on breaking waves have their charms, too. So those who venture out at night to experience the Shore - beyond, say, dinner and a movie, or a ride on a roller coaster - have the chance to think outside...
May 16, 2014 |
LET'S face it. When it comes to summer at the Jersey Shore, man (and woman and child) doesn't live by sand, sun and surf alone - not to mention boardwalks, casinos and bars. There must be even more to keep one's attention focused (and, in some cases, their wallets open). And so it is that in addition to more personal pursuits - from getting a suntan to hitting a big slot-machine jackpot - Shore towns offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy large-scale, public, often multiday events.
May 16, 2014 |
THE SEA, sand and saltwater taffy used to be the big lures to the shore. Now the major attraction is often the chance to see your favorite club or concert headliners "up-close-and-personal" in a smaller and oft-times more comfortable venue than you'll find the artists playing here in Philly. A perfect case in point, playing both towns within days? Take, please, Big Act in a Smaller Room Lady Gaga . The dance-pop monster lorded last night at the 20,000-seat Wells Fargo Center.
May 2, 2014 |
Each year, every day between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the "Coastal Crusader" takes to the skies to monitor the waters and beaches along the Atlantic Coast between New Jersey and New York. It hovers over the region, searching for debris, trash, oil slicks, and harmful algae blooms known as "floatables. " It also swoops down to collect weekly samples to check the water quality. The federal helicopter flyovers - along with flights by state aircraft - have been deemed critical in spotting potential problems before they reach the Shore.
April 27, 2014 |
Barbara Lois Spiegelman, 86, of Center City, an artist, wife, and mother, died Thursday, April 24, at Hahnemann University Hospital of kidney failure. Mrs. Spiegelman was an only child and was raised in Wynnefield. As a young girl in the early 1930s, she went to Hollywood with her parents as her father chased his dreams. Mrs. Spiegelman was an extra in the Our Gang series of comedy short films. When her parents divorced a few years later, she and her mother, Estelle Albus, returned to Philadelphia.
April 21, 2014 |
Ask anyone who lives at the Shore, or frequents it, if people are tearing down old houses and building new, and the answer is an unequivocal yes. And the current boom in teardown-rebuild activity seems to have little to do with Hurricane Sandy's 2012 swath of destruction. "In our target area, Barnegat Bay, there are a large number [of teardowns] now. . . . People are either selling to people tearing down and rebuilding, or rebuilding themselves," said John Westrum, president of Westrum Development in Fort Washington, whose company is working on a post-Sandy rebuilding project in Ortley Beach, near Seaside Heights.
April 21, 2014 |
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - There was never any question about the lift. When your trusty rancher is about to become a second-floor rancher - wrenched off its foundation and cranked up 51/2 feet like a boat resting on the shoulders of a lifeguard - measures have to be taken. "I have two artificial hips," said Helen Josephine "Jo" Capelli-Brehm, 74, of 527 Lafayette Blvd. in Brigantine's Sandy-deluged North End. "Tom has one artificial hip and one artificial knee. " "Left hip," says Tom Brehm, 71, her husband of five years.